Traverse City Record-Eagle
---- — War is horror
I don’t mean to be insensitive at this somber time. The Oklahoma City bombing, Columbine, 9/11, the Sandy Hook massacre, the daily violence in our country, and now the Boston Marathon bombings, leave us saddened and angry. We try to figure out what is going wrong.
But this is comparable to war.
If the media captured, with the same intensity as Boston, the terror felt by innocent civilians and U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, our country would surely feel outrage, sadness and anger. People running in horror, lost loved ones, children maimed, 2,754 civilians (people like you and I) killed in Afghanistan in 2012, 4,805 wounded.
Our troops? Over 33,000 wounded? Over 2,400 amputations?
More soldiers committing suicide than those killed in action?
For 11 years this has been going on. Does there have to be a national tragedy for our media to show us the pain?
Why do they not show the pain of citizens in other countries ravaged by war? They are people just like us. We must stop the madness.
What you saw April 15 in Boston was war. Those who were there experienced it. War is horror.
The writer is President of Veterans for Peace Chapter 50.
Reinstate the pound
We are witnessing the collapse of the Cypriot economy. Cyprus has been in political trouble since the departure of England in 1960. But the current financial crisis began with the entrance of Cyprus in the Eurozone.
Joining the Eurozone means Cyprus gave up temporally its ability to print money.
Now the troika (the European Central Bank, IMF and the European Commission) is abusing its power as a lender by imposing hard terms including a harsh austerity program.
But the most devastating term is the demand for Cyprus to abandon its role as a regional financial center and abandon the policies of attracting foreign investments.
That is killing the Cypriot economy.
The foreign investment is the oxygen of the economy.
Such policies are been practiced by many countries, including the wealthiest European country of Luxemburg.
It looks that the only healthy solution for Cyprus is to reintroduce the Cypriot pound as its currency.
If the European Union’s leadership is really interested in the well being of Cyprus it is obliged to provide assistance.
After all, the trouble in Cyprus began with the European Union’s decision to forefeit about four billion euros the Greek banks owed to Cypriot banks.
Savvas M. Campana
The writer was born in Cyprus and worked at the U.S. Department of State.